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Waugh’s Bag, Volume 7, Issue 32!

“Summer Movie Wrap-Up!”

I’m calling it, Summer is over. Yes, it’s still minimum 75 degrees outside, but when it comes to the best part of the Summer, the movies, we’re in a stand still. From the big blockbusters to indie hits, the summer of 2018 has been one of the strongest in recent memory, but not all of them were slam dunk hits (sorry Solo). But at the end of the day, what movie stood tall among the pack of films? The answer may surprise you.

First off, Infinity War is off the table. Why? Because comparing a movie that has had ten years and eighteen movies of build up to the other films released this summer is pretty unfair. There’s never been a blockbuster quite like Infinity War, and I doubt there will be anything like it again (unless Marvel Studios can ramp up the same build up for the Fox properties once they officially own them). Plus, the release for that hit in the last week of April, and I’m a staunch believer in the fact that Summer movies start in May. No earlier.

When it comes to Ant-Man & The Wasp, which was a lot of fun, coming after Infinity War helped it box office and story wise, but didn’t really help it have much staying power in the minds of nerds (I honestly forgot it had come out when I went to the movies this week). As for Deadpool 2, while good, it suffered from the same problem Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 did, in that the initial surprise of the first film is gone, so you know what to expect from the movie, and that causes it to have to work even harder to surprise you.

It should come as no surprise that Solo isn’t near the top of the list. While I didn’t mind it nearly as much as others, you could definitely see the seams where Disney and Lucasfilm tried to suture the wound of firing original directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller. Between that and offering answers to questions no one really had, Solo felt like the “most skippable” of the new Star Wars films, and that’s not even taking into account the fact that you know Han and Chewie will survive the events of the movie. There’s a lot of fun moments to be found in it, like Donald Glover’s Lando and even Alden Ehrenreich’s performance isn’t too bad, but Solo was already at a disadvantage of being a prequel that recast an iconic role, and releasing it after Infinity War and Deadpool II certainly didn’t help matters at all.

Outside of those major blockbusters, BlacKKKlansman and Hereditary were two of the big indie movies that definitely make it into my top movies of the summer. Ocean’s 8, Incredibles II, and event The Meg were all solid entries, while Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took everything I’ve enjoyed about Jurassic Park and made them incredibly boring, and Sicario II: Day of the Soldado missed everything that made the original an interesting and thought-provoking action thriller. But the best movie of the summer? The one that owned all comers and destroyed the competition in my eyes?

Mission: Impossible: Fallout.

Yes, the sixth movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise is the king of the Summer of 2018. Known for absurd stunts, this entry in the franchise featured three show-stopping stunts that would’ve been the main stunt focal point for any of the previous films in the series. The fact that Tom Cruise, at 56, is the one doing a vast majority of those stunts only adds to the impressiveness. I have no doubt in my mind that Cruise will cause some sort of catastrophic damage to his body if they keep churning these movies out, but I’ll admit, I’ll gladly keep seeing them if they are up to this quality.

So there you have it. I’ve crowned the king of the Summer 2018. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know!

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